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Synthetic Illusions

(Jane Colt #2)

4.83  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Illusion is the only reality.

Jane’s new career as a composer is a dream come true, but her blossoming relationship with Adam is marred by his terrifying nightmares. When Jane receives a warning that a shadowy agency is targeting Adam’s seminary school, she rescues him in the nick of time, but the only way she can protect him from such a powerful enemy is to run.

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Paperback, 361 pages
Published January 2014 by Red Adept Publishing (first published December 31st 2013)
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Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mary Fan has been an author on my radar since early 2013 when she released the first book in this series. When the opportunity came up to be one of the spots on her blog tour for the second book, I just had to have her on. So, stop yesterday for interview, stop today for review. I am so glad I did. Not only is she a really nice lady, but her book was EVERYTHING I expected it to be AND MORE. I immediately got pulled into the adventure and, even though there's mention of what happened before (I ad ...more
Ivan Amberlake
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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My review of Synthetic Illusions can also be found on Amazon US and UK and Book Reveal Blog (http://amberlake-bookreveal.blogspot....).

I remember my excitement when I purchased a copy of Mary Fan’s debut novel ARTIFICIAL ABSOLUTES. The book was so great in many ways that I jumped at the opportunity to read and review Mary’s sequel to ARTIFICIAL ABSOLUTES, SYNTHETIC ILLUSIONS, offered by the author and her publisher. Mary Fan has created another sci-fi / thriller masterpiece. Following Artificial
Paige Daniels
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Holy AI, Batman, this book is good. I was lucky enough to get my paws on an ARC of this book (I feel really cool and insider-y for saying ARC). Anyway, I read the first book and I really enjoyed it. What's not to like about a book with AI's, hackers, space ships, and a plucky female heroine?

This book has a lot more of the same, and I mean that in a great way. As the back of the book blurb says: in this installment Jane is close to reaching her dreams of being a composer and her relationship with
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Russ Colchamiro
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Takes what was great about the first book and kicks it up a notch. Provides enough back story upfront that new readers could read it as a standalone. Takes you on a wild ride.
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the second installment of Mary Fan's Sci-fi Jane Colt series.

I had read the first novel and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was excited that Mary had decided to make this a series and was interested to see where she was going to go with it. You can read a review of the first book here.

Illusions is a gripping story that leads you further into the world of AI and further explore the implications of ethics and morals in a world that blurs those lines. The most interesting part of this is that a lo
Kelly Smith Reviews
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

After reading Artificial Absolutes, I was dying to know what was going to happen next with Jane and her motley crew of family and friends, so I was very pleased with what I found in Synthetic Illusions after Ms. Fan sent it to me.
In this book we see Jane Colt in more of a take-charge position than she was in AA, and we get to see different sides of her in this book. I love her attitude. She's not going to take anyone
Since the events of Artificial Absolutes, Jane has started to follow her dream to be a composer and her relationship with Adam seems to be progressing, yet when Adam starts having horrific dreams of murder which turn out to be true, Jane must throw herself into danger again for the one she loves. Incredibly, Jane's brother Devin is leading a team of ISARK operatives in order to disassemble the man she loves.

Well Synthetic Illusions turned out to be every bit as good as Artificial Absolutes, with
Dean Lombardo
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Satisfying Sci-Fi Sequel
4.5 stars – Synthetic Illusions by Mary Fan is an impressive sequel to Artificial Absolutes (Jane Colt, Book 1), taking the cast of characters on new adventures, to new worlds, and with some cool new technologies. This time, heroine Jane must save her dearest friend, Adam Palmer, an artificial intelligence, from the clutches of those who would exploit him for their greedy and evil purposes. Making matters worse, it appears that Jane’s own brother, Devin, a special opera
Jane Colt returns in SYNTHETIC ILLUSIONS where she’s now a composer as she always wanted to be and she’s much happier than she was as an office drone in her father’s company. However, her boyfriend Adam is being haunted by nightmares of his creator, Pandora, and murders committed by other AIs. When Adam’s seminary is attacked, Jane makes the decision to run with Adam to keep him safe from whoever is after him. Jane discovers it is Devin, her beloved brother, who is after Adam, under orders from ...more
James Butler
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advanced copy of this novel and can't comment on typos, etc.

From Jane and Adam's first plunge into a watery abyss to the climactic struggle aboard a doomed star ship, Synthetic Illusions is a thrill ride of a novel.

Succeeding and surpassing it's prequel Artificial Absolutes, we once again delve into deep questions. Religion vs. philosophy; right vs. wrong; power vs. powerlessness. Mary Fan has done an excellent job with these very issues and more, while making the arguments entert
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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(I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.) Mary Fan has built a gorgeous, elaborate universe. The ships are complex and beautiful—just wait till you see what a Silverside can do. The central star systems, the fringe star systems, the star systems controlled by mercenaries—so many fascinating places to visit, and we get to see them all. ... Devin and Jane are so great together. That’s what drives this series and what makes it special: The brother-sister relationship, their love ...more
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-2014
A sequel to the author’s prior book, Artificial Absolutes, this book follows the continuing story of Jane Colt. The Science Fiction genre with all the high tech doodads and strange new worlds (in galaxies far, far away for you Star Wars fans) may account for the surface appeal. But, for me, the part of the story that matters most are those timeless questions and themes that can be viewed in a different way through the prism of the fictional environments where they’re taking place.

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Mary Fan is a YA and SFF author hailing from Jersey City. Her books include STRONGER THAN A BRONZE DRAGON (YA steampunk fantasy, Page Street Publishing), the STARSWEPT series (YA sci-fi, Snowy Wings Publishing), the FATED STARS series (YA fantasy, Snowy Wings Publishing), the FLYNN NIGHTSIDER series (YA dark fantasy, Crazy 8 Press), and the JANE COLT trilogy (space adventure, Red Adept Publishing) ...more

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